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  1. Mk3 Instrument Cluster Swap

    As far as I know the needles of most Ford instrument clusters are interchangeable. The only thing to keep in mind is that there may be difference in the length of the needles.
  2. Mk3 Instrument Cluster Swap

    You mean a MK2 fl (MK2.5) ?? In that case no it won't. The MK3/MK3.5 instrument cluster is not even connected to the same CANbus network as the MK2/MK2.5 instrument cluster. The MK3/MK3.5 instrument cluster is connected to the MS (mid speed) CANbus network. The MK2/MK2.5 instrument cluster is connected to the HS (high speed) CANbus network. Next to this the MK2/MK2.5 instrument cluster is part of the PATS immobilizer system and the MK3/MK3.5 instrument cluster is not part of the PATS system.
  3. Mk3 Instrument Cluster Swap

    The official software can be downloaded from the motorcraft website. However to be able to download the software you need to know the exact software numbers of the software you need. The software for the Level 3 instrument cluster for example consists of 3 different software files. A Calibration file, a Strategy file and a Pictures file. These software files need to be loaded into the instrument cluster in the correct sequence.
  4. Sync 1

    The SYNC 1.1 system was introduced at approximately 03-2014. The APIM module can be identified by the Part Number. A SYNC 1.0 APIM module has a part number that starts with AM5T or BM5T. A SYNC 1.1 APIM module has a part number that starts with D1BT. In most cases a new APIM module is not plug and play. It needs to be programmed to match the configuration of the car. The configuration of a SYNC 1.1 APIM module is different from a SYNC 1.0 APIM module. The SYNC 1.0 configuration or the AS-BUILT data of a SYNC 1.0 vehicle can not be used to configure the SYNC 1.1 APIM module. A SYNC 1.1 APIM module will only be plug and play if it came from a similar spec. Focus MK3
  5. Sync 1

    SYNC 1.0 does not support track info when using the Bluetooth Audio functionality. A software update of the APIM (SYNC) module does not change this. Bluetooth Audio track info support was added on SYNC 1.1. If you want the track info to be displayed when using the Bluetooth Audio function you have to change the APIM module for a newer SYNC 1.1 version.
  6. Mk3 Instrument Cluster Swap

    Part number F1ET-10849-BKK is a MK3.5 instrument cluster. A MK3.5 instrument cluster is not fully compatible with the MK3. When installing a MK3.5 instrument cluster into a MK3 the PDC and Active Park Assist functions will no longer work correctly. Next to this the interior/instrument backlight dimming function will no longer work. Another point of concern is the color scheme. A MK3.5 instrument cluster has the newer dark color scheme which does not match with the color scheme of the FCDIM. A MK3.5 instrument cluster is technically identical to the MK3 instrument cluster. The only differences are the hardware and software version numbers. When installing a MK3.5 instrument cluster into a Focus MK3 the software needs to be changed. However because of the different hardware version number A MK3.5 instrument cluster is not recognised as a suitible part for a Focus MK3. Because of this it is not possible to update the software using the Ford IDS/FRDS system. The only way to load the correct (MK3) software onto a MK3.5 instrument cluster is by selecting the proper software files manually. However there are very few diagnosic systems that are able to do this. The FoCCCus software for example has this functionality. However most MK3.5 instrument cluster hardware versions are not supported by the FoCCCus software. You should also be aware that updating the software of a Level 3 (full color) instrument cluster using the FoCCCus software and a high quality ELM327 interface takes a long time. At the maximum supported Baudrate of 500.000 Kbps the update procedure takes approximately 24 Hours.
  7. Mk3 Instrument Cluster Swap

    CCC = Central Car Configuration. The Central Car Configuration system is basically just a configuration file which includes almost all configuration settings of the car. Most (CANbus) modules of the car are automatically configured using the CCC data. The CCC system consists of a main CCC data file and a backup CCC data file. On the Focus MK3/MK3.5 the main CCC data file is stored inside the BCMII (or simply BCM). The backup CCC data file is stored inside the IPC (instrument cluster). The CCC data can be changed with a suitible diagnostic system. The older Bluetooth/Voicecontrol based FCDIM modules are different from the newer SYNC 1.0 / SYNC 1.1 based FCDIM modules. Bluetooth/Voicecontrol and SYNC based FCDIM modules are not interchangeable. When changing the FCDIM the new one must be of the same system as the original one. If the car has the SYNC 1.0 / SYNC 1.1 system the new FCDIM needs to be based on the SYNC system. An older Bluetooth/Voicecontrol based FCDIM will not work correctly.
  8. mk2 clocks change.

    On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 the instrument cluster is part of the PATS immobilizer system. The PATS immobilizer system is integrated into the instrument cluster and the PCM. The Transponder serial numbers of the PATS keys are stored on the instrument cluster. The instrument cluster is paired/synchronized with the PCM. When the instrument cluster is changed the Transponder serial numbers are no longer a match and the instrument cluster is no longer paired/synchronized with the PCM. as a result of this the car will be immobilized. To solve this the PATS keys need to be programmed into the new instrument cluster and the new instrument cluster needs to be paired/synchronized with the PCM. This can be done with a suitible Ford specific diagnostic system that has the ability to reprogram the Ford CODED PATS system. Next to this the new instrument cluster also needs to be configured correctly to match the settings/options of the car.
  9. Sat nav connections

    The white Fakra connector on the ACM is used for the 2nd (FM) antenna. The 2nd antenna is integrated in the rear window (hatchback) or left rear side window (estate). The 2nd antenna is an amplified antenna which is only present on Focus MK3/MK3.5 versions that ar equipped with the High Level audio system (and all systems that are based on the High Level audio system). The Low Level audio system only has 1 antenna.
  10. Sat nav connections

    The GPS antenna is conected to the Blue Fakra connector of the FCDIM. The Black Fakra connector of the antenna which is currently connected to the ACM needs to be disconnected and connected to the Black Fakra connector of the FCDIM. A short cable with a Pink Fakra connector at one side and a black Fakra connector at the other side connects th Pink Fakra connector of the FCDIM with the Black Fakra connector of the ACM.
  11. Sat nav connections

    Black is the antennal input (both FM and DAB). Pink is the antenna output. The antenna output of the FCDIM is connected to the antenna input of the ACM. The FCDIM is connected between the antenna and the ACM. the FCDIM uses the antenna signal for TMC reception and passes the antenna signal through to the ACM.
  12. Focus MK2 Drivebelt?

    If the stretch belt is slipping it needs to be replaced.
  13. No, they can't. the Focus MK2/MK2.5 is not that advanced. Does your car have the standard 2-electric window system or the more advanced 4-electric window system (comfort windows)? If the car has the standard 2-electric window system you can make it work by changing the ignition switched power supply to a permanent power supply. Or even better to a power supply that is active while the CANbus system is active. This way the windows can be opened after unlocking the car until about 30 minutes after the car is locked and the CANbus system enters its sleep mode. If the car has the more advanced comfort window system it is a lot more difficult. This window system is CANbus controlled and changing the power supply would not bring much. You should never apply a permanent power supply to an ignition switched power supply. Many of the fuses are internally connected at the input side. Applying permanent power to a fuse that is ignition switched can also put a permanent power supply on other circuits of the GEM module/fuse box (which is basically a computer controlled fuse box). This can seriously damage the GEM module/fuse box or even cause a fire.
  14. Sync 3 Navigation Map Updates

    Currently there are no new maps for SYNC 3. The SYNC 3 map data that is currently factory installed is outdated. It uses a 2014 base map. There are a lot of complaints about this subject. in some countries some people even received a partial refund because of non conformity and Ford was not able to solve it within reasonable time. Based on several sources Ford is currently developing the new map data and a way to distribute the update. Official Ford communication stated that the update should be available within a dew months and that it needs to be installed from USB. Whether this update can be installed by the owner from a USB drive or only can be installed by a Ford dealer is still unknown. Some official sources say that the map updates will be free of charge for the first 7 Years. However this is not officially confirmed and I do not know if this applies to all countries or only certain countries.
  15. Looking to buy a Mk3 1.6 ecoboost

    No, the 1.6 ECOboost has no wetbelt but a normal (dry) timing belt. The 1.6 ECOboost is basically based on the old Sigma (1.25/1.4/1.6 Zetec/Duratec) engine family. The 1.6 ECOboost (also called 1.6 Sigma GTDI) is a direct injected, turbocharged further development of the 1.6 Duratec TI-VCT engine.